Somewhere in the heart of Hackney, a brand new cocktail menu is being born. With cocktail season well and truly on its way, I decided to get down to former railway station, Oslo, to find out what we should all be drinking this summer. Boasting a Nordic aesthetic and top notch hospitality, this conveniently-located club, bar, and restaurant is the perfect stop for date night and after work drinks. Here are my top picks from the new menu, all providing a twist on a classic, inspired by iconic quotes, and generously priced at £8 each.
Salted Caramel Martini – “I want something to pick me up and f**k me up.”
This is the girl your Espresso Martini wants to be when she grows up. She’ll ignite your tastebuds with espresso, then soothe you with a caramel kiss that lingers all night. Like drinkable cocoa butter, the Salted Caramel Martini channels dessert, minus the heaviness, keeping you light on the dance floor when the espresso kicks in.
Vodka, Kahlúa, Bauhaus Espresso Coffee, Salted Caramel Liqueur
Poppy Mojito – “It wasn’t just a drink, it was a symbol of national pride.”
Oslo’s Poppy Mojito is your childhood friend who kept those old polaroids of you playing out on your bikes before cooling down with fruit pastille ice lollies. Charged with nostalgia and retro sweets, it tastes like the 90s. Think Irn Bru, with hints of Kola Kubes, a nose of foam-bellied gummy snakes and a doubly lolly finish. The fresh mint and lime effortlessly cuts through the sweetness, inviting you to keep it classy with refreshing nectar all night.
Havana Añejo Rum, Poppy Liqueur, Mint Leaves, Lime Juice, Brown Sugar
Pink Caipirinha – “I wish you could see what I can see.”
Perfectly accessorised with fresh lime, this is the sweet lady that pours you pink lemonade on her porch while sharing her childhood memories of carnivals in Brazil. Like drinking a pink sundress, the Pink Caipirinha has the clean freshness of the original, with a graceful softness added by the bitters.
Abelha Organic Cachaça, Bitter Truth Creole Bitters, Fresh Lime, Brown Sugar
Icelandic Martini – “One martini is just right, two is too many, three is not enough.”
The Icelandic Martini is that friend who greets you after a long day with a herbal tea and a bath bomb. The sparkly citrus notes dance on the tongue and the grapefruit zing is rounded off smoothly by the balmy softness of the camomile. Martin Millers’ recognisable fresh taste comes from the Icelandic water used in the filtration process, leaving this Martini as elegant as the glass it comes in. This one’s floral and tingly with an underlying liquorice edge that tells you she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Martin Miller’s Gin, Pink Grapefruit Liqueur, Homemade Camomile Syrup, Liquorice Bitters, Fresh Lemon Juice
Green Mistress – “And I’m standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth.”
On a trip to the botanical gardens, your Green Mistress takes your hand and sneaks off with you to give you a massage in the sun. With a luxurious vanilla base topped with light floral notes, it’s the drinkable equivalent of a butterfly, leaving a soft flutter on the tongue. This would go perfectly with a savoury dish, as it smells like a ripe, sun-worshiped herb garden.
Cremorne Colonel Fox’s Gin, Green Chartreuse Liqueur, Vanilla Syrup, Elderflower & Rose Syrup, Egg White, Fresh Lemon Juice
Wild Peach Margarita – “We like to say that everyone remembers their first Margarita, but we all know it’s not true.”
Keeping it strictly low-maintenance at just three ingredients, you know this one will be your friend for life before you’ve even met. The tequila and lime set off an invigorating, bitter wave that settles with a fresh tartness, reminiscent of a fruity peach yoghurt.
Ocho Blanco Tequila, Wild Peach Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice
Sloe Walk – “There’s nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.”
This is the one with the old soul, who always has a bag of boiled sweets on the go. Once you penetrate the sparkly Prosecco surface, you dive into the dark berry secrets at the bottom. The Sloe Walk is the ultimate night cap, rounding off a strong, bitter punch with a smooth, decadent finish.
Plymouth Sloe Gin, Blueberry and Blackcurrant Syrup, Prosecco
Oslo Spritz – “Summer’s most fashionably seductive cocktail.”
The valedictorian, captain of the volleyball team, and the prom queen, this one’s an all round superlative in a glass. With more personality than the Aperol Spritz, the Oslo Spritz ramps up the fruitiness, with the elderflower and rhubarb bitters giving it a sherbet twist.
Aperol, Elderflower Liqueur, Rhubarb Bitters, Orange Bitters, Prosecco
Oslo is at 1A Amhurst Road, E8 1LL.